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Editorial

  • Illegal immigration: Something needs to be done (Part 2)

    The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimated in February 2003 that the illegal alien population in Virginia was about 103,000 residents as of January 2000, nearly double the previous estimate of about 55,000 in 1996. That in turn was nearly 31 percent higher than in 1992. By 2005 it was about 192,000. Nationally the latest estimate of illegal aliens is about 11 million persons.

  • With costs going up and funding going down wish lists are out

    As the holiday season picks up, everyone's making a wish list. But as budget time approaches for county schools, "needs" will be much more important than "wants" this season.

    There are always new projects to pursue, new technology to embrace and new buildings that need constructed. Hands are already being extended in hopes of snagging additional dollars.

  • Letters to the editor

    Just suppose

    Suppose all the churches met to organize a Christmas exercise to be held on the town green.

    A large lean-to, a cradle with hay and straw supplied. Members would portray Mary, Joseph and the three wise men. An assortment of animals for the one night event. Lighting erected, the choirs of the churches combine for inspiring songs.

  • Much needed immigration reforms

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom. However, we are also a nation of laws. Illegal immigration mocks our system of justice and costs our taxpayers billions of dollars every year, while taking jobs from law-abiding citizens and legal residents. This situation has reached crisis proportions and cannot be allowed to continue.

  • Legislation would protect employers with English only policies

    No organization is more respected nor has more wide-spread appeal than the Salvation Army. Founded in London in 1865, the Salvation Army provides aid and assistance to troops who are far from home and to the needy in countless communities worldwide.

  • A woman for president

    Living in Virginia as I do, I?m never surprised to see a good ?ole boy in a pick-up truck in front of me in traffic. It comes with the territory, right?

    But this one had a bumper sticker with a picture of one of my favorite Democrats, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on it. About to break into a smile at the thought of the person I support for president, I then had to read the accompanying text.

  • More than a weekend out with the boys

    We billed this as "The Boys Weekend Out."

    It started rather simply, I wanted to take my three sons (ages 15, 12 and 7) to a Charlotte Bobcats game. As I perused the schedule the Nov. 24 date against the Boston Celtics stood out. I quickly ordered four tickets online, believing that the game would be a big draw, with Boston now the best team in the league.

    Then, a couple of days later, another thought struck me. "I wonder if the Panthers are in town that weekend?" I asked.

    Sure enough, the Saints were traveling to Charlotte for an NFL showdown with Carolina.

  • Shop local first

    This Friday Centertown businesses are planning to stay open late as part of the Christmas kick-off festivities. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: If you haven't already shopped locally, this is a good time to start.

    Buying locally is more than a nice slogan, it's about supporting the community and those businesses that serve as its foundation. The lure to shop at the malls and stores in Lynchburg and Roanoke should be tempered with the reality of the unique options provided by the local merchants located in Bedford, and throughout the county.

  • Letters to the editor

    Response to Sheriff's election comment

    If Sheriff Brown is so disturbed by Mr. Green's negative race, then I personally would like for him to write an editorial explaining where Mr. Green and his supporters are wrong.

    He should be sure to explain how the deputies were falsely criticized. I thought the letters were very accurate. They caused him to give out more signs each week, but caused me to hear more complaints about him and his office every day.

  • Keeping the Internet safe for our children

    The Internet is one of the most useful inventions of all time. The Internet provides access to a wealth of information and services that enable our children to look up information for school projects, allows us to check the weather for Saturday?s soccer game, and even to order groceries online and have them delivered to our door. Unfortunately, the Internet can also be used by criminals to prey on our children.